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From breakdowns to breakthroughs

Vera Zvonareva on the path to success

Originally Published: March 13, 2009
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Those wide blue eyes don't miss much. As a young girl growing up in Moscow, Vera Zvonareva loved to gaze at the trophies her mother had won as an elite field hockey player and carefully tended the shelf where they were displayed. The centerpiece was a bronze medal from the 1980 Olympics.

Twenty-eight years later, in Beijing, Zvonareva added a medal of her own to the collection -- same color -- during a breakthrough season that saw her come back ...

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